On Sunday, we studied the reassuring words of the prophet Isaiah, “God will be the stability of your time” (33:6). It’s a hard thing to believe, living in a world that feels like it is spinning and spinning and spinning out of control. But that’s just the point. The world will not provide us the stability that we need- ever. God will.
Seeing all the coverage from Hurricane Isaac has brought this point home for me. I’m betting that many people on the Gulf coast thought that last week was stressful- until they fell into this week. Families evacuating, plans changing, rains falling and a whole mess of issues that weren’t even there a week ago. All of that with a storm that’s literally spinning and spinning and spinning above and around them!
Whether we face extreme weather, extreme stress, or just the difficulties of daily life, it is critical that we reconnect to our source of stability. We do this through intentional practices of devotion to God. We stop. We are still. We pray. We read scripture, asking for God’s revelation by the power of the Holy Spirit. If we let go of our grasp on God, we lose our stability, our bearings and anything that kept us connected to the life that really is life (see 1 Tim 6:18-19). Pray diligently, spend time with God. Hold on tight to Lord, the stability of your time. After all…
When storms come- and they always do- God will be the stability of your time.
When storms refuse to pass over- sitting on top of you- God will be the stability of your time.
When the storm finally leaves and you’re forced to pick up the pieces- God will be the stability of your time.
Thanks be to God!